iBasket: laundry basket of the future also washes
Guopeng Liang's finalist entry in Electrolux's Design Lab 2008
is another example of simple ingenuity. There's no radical new washing technology implied, nor some fancy eco-friendly water-saving technique. All it does is wait until it contains a certain weight of clothing, then do a basic (presumably cold) wash. In the meantime, it sucks air through the clothes, ensuring they don't spread any unpleasant odors as the pile builds. From the designer:
...today, people store their clothes in a laundry hamper until it fills up, then carry the basket to the laundry room, wash them, come back, take them out, throw them back into the hamper, carry them to a clothesline and then hang them out. I believe that iBasket offers a much more convenient alternative.
It also instant-messages you to tell you what it's up to. For civilized people, it might seem a purposeless appliance. But for those with neither hamper nor washing machine – think disgusting college students – why not?
Finalists of Electrolux DesignLab 2008
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